Jesus, the Conqueror, reigns

Jesus, the Conqueror, reigns. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788) First published in the two-volume Hymns and Sacred Poems (1749), the title-page bearing Charles Wesley’s name alone, in an extended section entitled ‘Hymns for Believers’. It had sixteen verses, and was clearly too long for congregational use. In A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists (1780) John Wesley* shortened it to six verses, divided into three parts, using verses 1-6. It was included in the section ‘For Believers Fighting’. It was further shortened to five verses in the Wesleyan Methodist Hymn Book (1904), which omitted verse 3:     That bloody banner see,     And in your Captain’s sight, Fight the...

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